Several groups within those who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have been determined to be at high-risk of COVID-19 complications and related fatalities, and are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the severe health conditions:
- Cerebral palsy
- Down syndrome
- Specialized health care needs, including dependence upon ventilators, oxygen, and other technology
For more information on eligibility, please visit the California Department of Public Health Provider Bulletin here.
Additionally, family members of, or those who care for, people with the above-mentioned health conditions are considered "health workers" and are eligible now to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn more in a letter from the State of California Department of Developmental Services here.